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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Keir
The Flower of Keir
Francis Bennoch (1812–1890)
 
O, WHAT care I where Love was born!
  I know where oft he lingers,
Till night’s black curtain ’s drawn aside
  By morning’s rosy fingers.
If you would know, come, follow me,        5
  O’er mountain, moss, and river,
To where the Nith and Scar agree
  To flow as one forever.
 
Pass Kirk-o’-Keir and Clover lea,
  Through loanings red with roses;        10
But pause beside the spreading tree
  That Fanny’s bower encloses.
There, knitting in her shady grove,
  Sits Fanny singing gayly;
Unwitting of the chains of love        15
  She ’s forging for us daily.
 
Like light that brings the blossom forth,
  And sets the corn a-growing,
Melts icy mountains in the north,
  And sets the streams a-flowing;        20
So Fanny’s eyes, so bright and wise,
  Shed loving rays to cheer us,
Her absence gives us wintry skies,
  ’T is summer when she ’s near us!
 
O, saw ye ever such a face        25
  To waken love and wonder;
A brow with such an arch of grace,
  And blue eyes shining under!
Her snaring smiles, sweet nature’s wiles,
  Are equalled not by many;        30
Her look it charms, her love it warms,
  The flower of Keir is Fanny.
 
 
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